Khan demands inquiry after losing titles
British boxer Amir Khan was demanding an inquiry Sunday following his controversial defeat to hometown hero Lamont Peterson in Washington, D.C., including a direct probe into the performance of referee Joseph Cooper.
Peterson stunned Khan on Saturday night, winning a majority decision to take the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association light-welterweight world titles.
Cooper took two points from Khan for shoving Peterson during the bout, one in the seventh round and another in the 12th, which ultimately cost the Englishman the fight. Khan later hit out at the official, saying it was "like fighting two people in the ring."
Khan has also demanded "certain ambiguities" in the judges’ scoring be examined.
One judge awarded him the 115-110 winner while the other two gave Peterson the victory by scores of 113-112.
A joint statement released by Team Khan and Golden Boy Promotions confirmed they will take their grievances to the formal channels, Sky Sports reported.
"Following the decision in the fight, Team Khan and Golden Boy Promotions intends to make inquiries with the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission, the IBF and the WBA regarding the performance of referee Joseph Cooper and will also be seeking clarification regarding certain ambiguities with respect to the scores of the fight," the statement said.
Peterson, once a homeless youth living on the streets of the US capital, improved to 30-1-1 before a sellout crowd of 8,647 at Washington Convention Center while Khan fell to 26-2 with his eight-fight win streak snapped.
Despite their appeal for an inquiry, Team Khan and Golden Boy Promotions commended the American on victory and outlined their intention to get both fighters back in the ring.
"We would like to congratulate Lamont Peterson on his performance against Amir Khan," the statement added. "Not only has he shown that he is a tremendous fighter inside the ring, but also a great man out of the ring. "We look forward to an immediate rematch with Lamont as confirmed by Lamont and his manager/trainer Barry Hunter."